Andre-Pierre Gignac has been linked with Newcastle for a number of years now, and with Newcastle having to bring in a number of strikers this summer, the Frenchman could be on Newcastle’s hit list and the fact he is 29 years old may not be the barrier it used to be, with Mike Ashley now presumably more willing to bring in older players to improve the experience in the side.
Andre-Pierre Gignac – free agent this summer
Andre has been at Marseilles for five years and his contract runs out at the end of June, and this season he has scored 23 goals in 39 total appearances this season for his club.
In total over the last five years he has played 186 times for his club with 77 goals.
Liverpool, Monaco and now Montpellier are all said to be interested in the 19 times capped French International (5 goals) who could be a decent bargain in the summer.
Outspoken Montpellier President Louis Nicollin seems interested and has joined the race for the striker and said this about the player:
“I do not know yet – we will see within 15 days.” “I’m sure if he played in Montpellier, he would again become the best French player, international scorer and everything. He’s a boy I like.”
This week is the first week since the season ended, and most football people will be on vacation so we may not see any signings by Newcastle for a couple of weeks – but Newcastle have to start bringing in some players soon.
Newcastle will announce their retained list – maybe today – and it’s expected that players like Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi will not get new deals – and there’s expected to be quite a few players released.
It will be important for Newcastle to start bringing in new players soon to improve both the quality and size of the squad, and we could do a lot worse than bring in two free agents from Marseilles, since 25 year-old winger/striker Andre Ayew – shown in the photo above with Gignac – is also interesting Newcastle.
Ayew is said to have turned down a new offer from Marseilles yesterday to stay at the club, and it seems certain he will be joining a club in the Premier League, although bigger clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United are also said to be after the player.
Lee Charnley has to be active and show initiative this summer, if Newcastle are going to have an improved squad and an experienced head coach for next season.
If we don’t do those two things this summer, Newcastle could again struggle against relegation next season, and that would be the third time in four years – and that would not be good.
Mike Ashley has given himself a window of opportunity this summer to show he can make Newcastle into a side that can actually win something – like one of the English cups for example.
But if his positive words on Sunday are not followed up with real action, he will lost a big opportunity to get some fans behind him.
We are hoping to see some frenetic action by Newcastle this summer – we need to see some frenetic action by Newcastle this summer.